How to dress up a plain white PG?

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  1. cazclocker

    cazclocker My social skills are rapidly dwindling.

    Oct 24, 2014
    Newton, Kansas
    image.jpeg How can I dress up, or add color to a very plain white pickguard for an Indonesian-made Squier Precision? Is there some decal material I could apply? Rattlecan paint is out of the question; it would look too hokey.
    I'd sure love a sheet of tortoiseshell decal big enough to apply...maybe followed by clear spray fixatif to seal the decal.
     
  2. aaronious

    aaronious

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Rattle can in black looks awesome IMHO. YMMV.
     
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  3. aaronious

    aaronious

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    But check Amazon they make decals you can use. Also used tort gaurds pop up here all the time. 20-30 bux.
     
  4. aaronious

    aaronious

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    It's not the best pic but that was once a white PG. IMG_20160424_115310844.jpg
     
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  5. cazclocker

    cazclocker My social skills are rapidly dwindling.

    Oct 24, 2014
    Newton, Kansas
    That doesn't look half bad at all...
     
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  6. aaronious

    aaronious

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Gloss black and let it dry thoroughly. It could look better but I got impatient. You can see a finger print in it. Lol
     
  7. Beavisplaysbass

    Beavisplaysbass

    Dec 11, 2015
    Paint a picture with a plexiglass pick guard.
    Get a black pickguard or
    Get decals for it.
     
  8. kkaarrll

    kkaarrll

    Jun 1, 2014
    a sticker or two?
     
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  9. Contact paper works well
     
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  10. cazclocker

    cazclocker My social skills are rapidly dwindling.

    Oct 24, 2014
    Newton, Kansas
    OK, thanks guys. But what I'm really looking for is tortoiseshell or black-pearloid waterslide decals large enough to cover a whole pickguard. I suspect it's not made anywhere. I'd be shopping for a new pickguard except it's hard as heck to find one to fit my particular P-bass - it's not Fender - its a Squier, and Indonesian to boot. I guess that's why I thought about purty-ing up my existing PG.
     
  11. T_Bone_TL

    T_Bone_TL

    Jan 10, 2013
    SW VT
    hello-kitty-png.jpg
    ...and done.
     
  12. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    I kinda like it the way it is. Just wear a flashy shirt and no one will comment on how plain it looks. YMMV.
     
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  13. BassUrges

    BassUrges

    Mar 14, 2016
    Denver
    Skinyourskunk.com does custom graphics. A 3 layer guard can have an image cut into it. I've done both.
     
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  14. cazclocker

    cazclocker My social skills are rapidly dwindling.

    Oct 24, 2014
    Newton, Kansas
    Okay, now we're on to something! Dayum! I'll be taking a real close look at the link you sent. Thanks, man.
    And, I hadn't even considered an image engraved into the pg. It's 3 layers, so it could be done...any pictures of yours?
     
  15. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    I like it the way it is. The white guard looks good on that.
     
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  16. BassUrges

    BassUrges

    Mar 14, 2016
    Denver
    All my artwork is NSFTB. PM sent.
     
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  17. Ken R

    Ken R Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Greater Knoxville TN
    I bought the kit. It works on all colors! 1116151039.jpg 1115150954a.jpg
     
  18. lowplaces

    lowplaces Got Punch ?

    Dec 20, 2015
    Louisville Kentucky
    Just to mention ... there is the hardware option ...

    Black finger/thumb rest on the treble side and black knobs.

    Or a brass rest if ya dig your current ones.

    Either way ya go, rock on !
     
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  19. @cazclocker
    Another option is to go to a home-improvement centre and check out some vinyl mactac or vinyl wallpaper, you should be able to find some that's meant to resemble marble, granite etc. A rusty coloured granite will look like torte once you trim it down to size for your pickguard.

    Of course, you may find another pattern or colour that inspires you, makes your bass uniquely "yours".

    Yet another option are dry-erase markers, then you can change up the graphic whenever the mood strikes...





    MACtac Graphics Products
     
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  20. friendlybass

    friendlybass

    Jul 19, 2012
    Colorado
    Since pickguards cost the same ish as most of these ideas, why not just order a pickguard you like more? Then the change is reversible